Abstract # FRI-454 The evaluation of homelessness on HCV treatment outcomes among current and former people who inject—A. Singh et al. By Matthew Zielske
Study Aims and Results: This study focuses on figuring out the impact homelessness has on HCV + people who inject drugs successfully reaching and maintaining SVR among. The location of this study was the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Center (VIDC) program, which provides care to address medical, psychological, social and addiction related needs. Homelessness was self-declared, Patients were followed up with every 6 months after SVR and more frequently if reinfection was believed to be a concern. In situations where reinfection happened treatment was also considered a failure.
Conclusion: Of the 74 people who participated in the study, 58% of them were homeless and 88% of those homeless reached SVR. In comparison, 97% of those with stable housing reached SVR. The two occurrences of reinfection were among people who identified as homeless.
Editorial Comments: This study is promising because of its focus on the role of homelessness both reinfection and successfully reaching SVR. I recently worked with someone who was living under a bridge and keeping his Harvoni in a backpack and successfully reached SVR. But the challenges are numerous and this study shows that even while being homeless 88% can reach and maintain SVR. This is a remarkable achievement in some of the most challenging conditions.
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